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May 2, 2014

Area baseball teams heading toward sectional

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The Lions boast an elite offense and pitching staff as the most likely challenger to defending sectional champion, Vincennes Rivet. First-year coach Luke Woolems has a stable of talented hitters and throws at his disposal, but none better than senior Casey Miller. Miller has hit .453 with three home runs, two triples, seven doubles and 23 RBIs. The Lions met Rivet earlier this season, but came up short in a 8-0 loss. That loss was in a stretch of five losses in seven games. One would have to believe if these two teams face in the sectional later this month, the score would be much closer.

With a 7-4 record, Nathan Lester’s Barr-Reeve team has the pitching to compete with anyone it steps on the field with. The Vikings have two pitchers with ERA’s under two with Lucas Graber (0.39) and Adam Graber (1.75). Graber also leads the team with four home runs. The Vikings lost Friday to Rivet at Barr-Reeve, 13-5, as the Patriots slugged four home runs off of Graber and sophomore Logan James. While some of Viking hitters haven’t hit their stride, Lester’s pitching staff has the potential to bring the first sectional title back to Montgomery since 2010 and the third since 2000.

The often over looked North Daviess Cougars are flying under the radar with a 6-6 record, but Loogootee and Barr-Reeve would be wise to pay attention to Zach Stoll’s young team. North Daviess came up short by a combined four runs in the last two sectional tournament’s against the Lions and Vikings. Led by senior Alex Wittmer, who is hitting .364 with a 3.64 ERA and one victory and one save, the Cougars will be a tough out for anyone.

As the defending sectional champion and 2013’s Class A state runner-up, Rivet is the favorite with three weeks before the sectional draw.

The Patriots have beaten Barr-Reeve and Loogootee by a combined 21-5 score. There are plenty of games to be played before now and the end of the regular season, but one thing we can be assured of is that nothing is guaranteed in the postseason.

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